HC Deb 21 October 2002 vol 391 cc75-6W
Mr. Donaldson

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many(a) Roman Catholics, (b) Protestants and (c) others have been recruited to the Police Service of Northern Ireland since its inception. [76154]

Jane Kennedy

As at 18 October 2002, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has appointed 479 trainees. Of these, 243 have declared themselves to be Roman Catholic; 232 have declared themselves to be Protestant;

information in respect of rates and telecommunication masts in December 2000. This followed the coming into force of the Non-Domestic Rating (Telecommunication Apparatus) England Regulations 2000, which simplified for the future the payment and collection of rates on masts. The Regulations provided that where there were a number of separate entries in a rating list for a single mast—because the mast had equipment belonging to more than one telecommunication operator—then these entries would be replaced by a single entry. Where this happened, one of the operators would assume responsibility for the rates on behalf of all of the operators, and the local authority would need to bill accordingly.

The current average rateable value of masts is estimated to be about £5,000.